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Rogue Afghan soldiers posing 'very serious threat' to war effort, says top US general

London, Mon, 17 Sep 2012 ANI

London, Sept 17 (ANI): A top U.S. military officer has said that the persistent problem of rogue Afghan soldiers and police turning their guns on American and allied troops is a 'very serious threat' to the war effort.

General Martin Dempsey said that the Afghanistan government needs to take the problem as seriously as do U.S. commanders and officials.

"We're all seized with (the) problem. You can't whitewash it", the Daily Mail quoted Dempsey, as saying.

"We can't convince ourselves that we just have to work harder to get through it. Something has to change," he added.

According to the paper, Dempsey and other U.S. officials have remarked extensively in recent weeks on the need to improve the screening of Afghan recruits.

They have urged authorities to take other precautionary measures in the face of a series of attacks that so far have killed at least 51 allied troops, mostly Americans.

In the latest instances of insider attacks, two British soldiers were killed by an Afghan policeman in the southern province of Helmand on Saturday and four American troops were killed in a similar attack Sunday in Zabul province. (ANI)

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